About Me

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  • Route: Rockies
  • Ride Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Houston, TX

Why I Ride

I first participated in a charitable bike ride in elementary school when I cycled in the Camp For All ‘Hilltop Ride’ with my father. The event raised money for the Burton, Texas-based camp that hosts non-profit organizations supporting people with challenging illnesses or special needs. After years of cycling in the hill country, my dad and I decided to take on a new challenge, the MS150. The annual two-day bike ride from Houston to Austin, Texas raises money for multiple sclerosis research. We participated in the MS150 throughout my time in high school, so when I got to college, I looked for a way to continue cycling with a purpose. That’s when I discovered Texas 4000.

“I ride for…” is how we start every T4K meeting. Everyone has their own story and reason for deciding to embark on this seemingly impossible journey. I ride for my grandfather, Marshall Greenberg. Grandpa Marshall passed away from colon cancer before I was born. Even though I never got to meet him, my mom tells me that we have very similar personalities. My grandpa was an architect, owned his own company, and even built the house that my mom and all of her siblings grew up in. In fact, my grandma recently told me that she was giving me the original blueprints of the house because she knew how much I enjoyed looking at them as a kid. Marshall Greenberg was a loving husband, a caring father, a creative architect, and he would’ve been an amazing grandfather.

I also ride for my mother. My mom's dad, Grandpa Marshall, passed away just two years after she graduated from UT. I can't imagine losing a parent, especially at that young of an age, and never want anyone to have to go through what she did. That being said, I can confidently call my mom one of the strongest people I know and one of the biggest role models in my life. After she lost her dad, my mom moved down to Houston to work in the development office of M.D. Anderson. She could’ve given up after her loss, but my mom found strength in pain and went on to raise money to research the very cancer that took her father away.

We are biking for those who cannot, and for those who live daily with the possibility that they may not be able to do so tomorrow. If you or anyone you know has been affected by cancer, please share your stories with me and I can add y’all to my ride dedication list. Lastly, any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated – no donation is too small. Thanks for reading, and hook 'em horns!

An ongoing list of people I ride for:
Marshall Greenberg
Julie Donaldson
Michael Donaldson
Michael Norman
Ruth Donaldson
Jess Goff
Jim Kempner
Courtenay Corwin Browning
Nicole Lee (forever7.org)
James N. Letsos
Dr. Tom James
Georgette Sitarski
Odette Hemenway McMurrey
Kimberly Burleson
Shirley Meredith
Ron Smith
Dell Medical School
UT Department of Biomedical Engineering
Patrick and Theresa
Janice and Eugene
Navesta Jones
McKenna
Children’s Health
Texas Center for Photon Therapy
Kesa’s grandmother
Cee Cee Candler
Clemente Barrera
Lucila Barrera
Maria Cantu
Edmundo Cantu
Gilberto Galan
Armandina Galan
Uncle Dan
Pifer’s grandfather
The Johnson Family
The Tisdale Family
Jerry
Dwayne’s father
Brent’s place
Gene Oesch
Stephanie’s grandmother
Moses
Danny